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Pacific Lutheran University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$43,720 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$32,800 tuition
$9,620 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$300 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$43,720 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$32,800 tuition
$9,620 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$300 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$16,420 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
99% of students receive aid
28% get federal aid ($4,941 avg)
14% get state aid ($5,921 avg)
99% get institn'l aid ($16,420 avg)
73% get loans ($6,400 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.62% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.62% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $18,669 99%
Federal Grant Aid $4,941 28%
Pell Grants $4,080 28%
Other Federal Grants $881 28%
Institution Grant Aid $16,420 99%
State Grant Aid $5,921 14%
Student Loans $6,400 73%
Federal Loans $5,469 73%
Other Loans $10,249 7%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$1,000 Y Y Y
$1,000 - $12,000 Y Y
$1,000 Y Y
$27,000 Y
$1,000 - $2,000 Y
$8,000 - $21,000 Y Y
$100 - $1,000 Y Y
$22,000 Y
$36,000 - $38,000 Y
$1,000 - $3,500 Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: January 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Pacific Lutheran University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
(253) 531-6900
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,030
Out of State $1,030


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Lee from WA
  • Oct-06-2014 I am a current student here

    This college provides the academics, the resources, as well as entertainment, however it is a bit more expensive than other colleges.

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  • Christopher from Sioux Falls, SD
  • Aug-20-2014 I am a current student here

    PLU offers many different scholarships and grants. These can be need or merit based, and they will try their hardest to make it such that the financial aid package covers the whole cost of tuition with these scholarships, grants, work studies, and loans. Of course, you can choose to accept these or not based on outside financial aid.

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  • 5
  • Elise from Auburn, WA
  • Feb-04-2014 I am a current student here

    I know, tuition is expensive. However, I think this is one of the greatest schools I have visited. You really get what you pay for education wise. Teachers help you as much as they can, it's their job (and they seem to take pride in it) to see you succeed. It is 100% worth how much you pay. The classes are smaller which is an added bonus because it really gives you the chance to know your professor and for him or her to know you.

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  • 3
  • Kayla
  • Aug-25-2013 I am a current student here

    This school is definitely what you make out of it. If you do your very best to achieve, be involved, and succeed, it will definitely be worth it. If you're kind of drifting or lost, it can be a bit more difficult.

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